Is There Medication for Tinnitus?

The most frequently asked questions I get every day are, “Is there a cure for tinnitus”? or “Is there a medication for tinnitus?”

Tinnitus, or noises in the ears, can affect people to different degrees, but in general most people want it to just go away!

When I begin to discuss some of the sound therapy treatment options that can help tinnitus, I begin to receive blank stares. In reality, people just want to know what pill they can take to make it go away. And I understand.

For most other medical conditions, a medication or a surgical procedure can generally fix the problem. But, not with tinnitus.

There has been no approved medication successfully used for the treatment of tinnitus to date. You will see some over-the-counter dietary supplements at the drug store which claim to make tinnitus go away. And for some people, they do! But, they are just that, dietary supplements.

Just like taking Vitamin C when you start to feel ill will improve your overall health level and make your cold go away faster, tinnitus supplements may do the same thing for you. The supplements that are marketed for tinnitus contain ingredients that are thought to improve general health as well as inner ear health.

However, they are not medications, and they are not effective for many people with tinnitus.

Depression and anxiety

If your tinnitus has reached the point to which it is causing you anxiety or depression, some physicians may prescribe an anti-depressant drug or anti-anxiety medication. Again, while these may be helpful, these are not treating the tinnitus, just the effects of the tinnitus.

Promising New Medications for Tinnitus

Studies on medication for tinnitus are beginning to become more promising. The company Auris Medical, is in phase 3 of their testing of the Keyzilen (AM-101) tinnitus treatment. It requires 3 injections through the eardrum following an acute ear injury such as an acoustic trauma or middle ear infection that has caused tinnitus.  This medication focuses on inhibiting the excessive release of an auditory neurotransmitter thought to be responsible for tinnitus.

Keyzilen may be a step closer to producing a successful medication for tinnitus. We will check back in with these clinical trials once data has been released and we will keep you updated.

At this time medications can’t cure tinnitus, but they may help to reduce the severity of other symptoms that can often coincide with tinnitus, such as depression and anxiety.

Lindsey Banks

Audiologist

Lindsey Banks is a graduate of the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program at the University of Florida. She uses her diverse experience in hearing healthcare and her passion for helping people to provide credible information to those with hearing loss who visit Everyday Hearing.<br />

Comments

  1. Jacob Edward says:

    My father faced tinnitus problem, but a physician suggested my father to use VitoPure which is really helpful for him.

  2. I have had minor tinnitus my whole life. Last year it went to high level from the affects of having sleep apnea. I use a cpap now. I still wake at night from vivid dreams with high tinnitus. I take losartan at night for bp to help prevent any heart or stroke probs at night.
    Lorezapam gives me some relief. I have found nothing to affect the tinnitus which now gets very loud during day and night. My tinnitus will be in right ear when laying on right ear while sleeping and left ear when on left side. when laying on back it is both ears. some relief which may be psychological from ice pack on neck at night. Tension in neck and head when tinnitus is loud. Miserable when tinnitus is high. i use a sleep machine at night when need but it only helps minimally. Loud tinnitus seems to affect bp. Any help appreciated.

    1. Everyday Hearing says:

      Unfortunately tinnitus is a vicious cycle…stress is shown to make it worse and tinnitus can cause more stress. It is important to break the cycle of stress to help relieve your tinnitus. You may consider trying relaxation exercises such as breathing techniques or meditation. Also, it is recommended that you see an Audiologist that specializes in the management of tinnitus.

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